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Rejuvenation awaits at Awaken Florida festival

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At a time when the world is in need of peace and spiritual replenishment, WellCome OM Integral Healing and Education Center is inviting the public to Awaken and refresh at Hernando County’s first “Awaken Florida Festival,” a free event set to take place Saturday, November 5, 8:30 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, November 6, 8:30 am to 6:15 pm, at the WellCome OM Integral Healing & Education Center, 4242 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill.

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“Awaken Festival of Mind, Body & Soul will help people seek holistic healing and inner peace focusing on spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing,” read an event description. The festival will showcase music, conversations, wellness, food traditions, workshops as well as ancient traditions in yoga, meditation, and healing therapies.

Artists and writers from around the world will gather for this sublime celebration, at which guests will be encouraged to, according to an event website, “seek holistic healing and inner peace by focusing on FIVE key components that will compel you to Listen, Move, Connect, Discover and Taste….This festival will infuse you with positive energy through music, wellness, conversations, food, workshops, and more.”

The event promises to kick off each morning with energizing music, yoga, and drum sessions. The afternoon will bring lectures, learning sessions, and workshops. Closing the day will be live performances from acclaimed artists. Health-conscious food stalls and merchandise booths will be posted at the event, and special performances are planned.

The Festival is presented by Indian performing arts and entertainment company, Teamwork Arts in partnership with EliteCare Health Centers.

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Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts, said, “This is an initiative that truly believes in the philosophy of wellness. We are delighted to bring a unique mix of holistic well-being practices to Spring Hill with the first-ever Awaken Florida.”

Dr. Pariksith Singh, CEO of Access Health Care, describes Awaken Florida as “a celebration of health, wisdom, music and arts, a journey of sharing and joy.”

Dr. Maria Scunziano-Singh, Founder, WellCome OM Integral Healing and Education Center, sees the festival as a grand celebration of holistic health.
“With this festival, we will celebrate authentic health through the merging of international talent with the vitality of soulful music, creative art, inspiring literature, energy-giving foods and hands-on healing,” she said.

Among those featured will be Roopa Mahadevan, a second-generation Carnatic classical and crossover vocalist in the American diaspora who will perform unique pieces from her repertoire of Indian classical and crossover music; acclaimed performer and teacher Nivedita Joshi, who will lead a Yoga session; Rajiv Mehrotra, a disciple of the Dalai Lama who manages the Foundation for Universal Responsibility, who will present Expanding Consciousness: In Search of the Self, The Genetics of Health, featuring Sharad Paul and Sanjoy K. Roy; Sri Aurobindo: Philosopher, Guru, and Poet; a Drumming Class; a violin performance by Hernando musical artist Andrew Polo, who has performed at Cotee River Brewing and other locations; Maria Scunziano-Singh, a board-certified physician, who will provide sustainable garden education as well as a presentation about living in a wireless world.

Art Therapy by Puneeta Roy, a core team member of the Karmic Research Centre and a media professional with over 30 years of experience, is also on the agenda, as is “Mysteries of the Mind” by Jayne Arrington, a Hypnotherapist/Transformational Coach and Belly Dance Instructor/Artistic Director; A Sound Healing workshop by Synergy of Sound, an eclectic blend of quantum vibration, both vocal and instrumental, to guide the body, mind, and soul into balance; and a performance by WAHH! World Fusion Band, offers a contemporary style of music infused with Indian and Eastern influences.

Kicking the festival off on Sunday will be Anupama Bhagwat, who has carved a niche in Indian Classical Music with her eclectic style that is characterized by scintillating fast taans, mastery of the alaap, and brilliant fluency of melody; Yoga 101 by Donna Hildebrandt, who has 30 years of experience in teaching and wellness; Expanding Consciousness: In Search of the Self, presented by Rajiv Mehrotra in conversation with Puneeta Roy; You Are How You Move: Healing Through Dance, presented by Vijayalakshmi, a world-renowned Indian classical dancer; a Tribal Dance Workshop (Movement therapy); the Aditya Prakash Ensemble, lead by Aditya Prakash, an award-winning vocalist who performed with Ravi Shankar at the age of 16; Seeking the Divine: Poetry and Sacred Journeys by award-winning author, poet, and translator Arundhathi Subramaniam; and an Awaken Bazaar.

For more information; go to www.awakenflorida.org.

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  • Megan Hussey
    Megan Hussey
    Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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